Skip to Content

School of Music


Doctor of Musical Arts

DMA in Piano Pedagogy

Ready to apply?  View graduate admissions information.

The DMA in piano pedagogy degree has two tracks, the recital/treatise track and the dissertation track.

Piano Pedagogy Recital/Treatise

Major Area
a) Area studies (9 credits of piano pedagogy, including MUSC 773-774 and 3 credits of piano literature or pedagogy)
b) Applied piano (4 credits of MUSC 811P)
c) Piano pedagogy (2 credits of MUSC 801)
d) Dissertation requirement (12 credits, including 6 credits of recital preparation (MUSC 891) 2 recitals (from MUSC 892, 894, 895, 896), and treatise (6 credits of MUSC 898))

28 credits
Advanced Research (MUSC 747) 2 credits
Cognate Studies (minimum of two 700-level music history courses [one MUSC 744 Topics in Music History course must be completed], at least three 700-level music theory courses, and maximum three credits of ensemble and chamber music [MUSC 734 and 735]) 18 credits

Foreign language requirement to be satisfied before the comprehensive examination can be scheduled: reading proficiency in French, German or Italian (the chosen language must differ from the one used to satisfy the foreign language requirement for the master?s degree in voice performance)


Piano Pedagogy Dissertation

Major Area
a) Area studies (9 credits of piano pedagogy, including MUSC 773-774 and 3 credits of piano literature or pedagogy)
b) Applied piano (4 credits of MUSC 811P)
c) Piano pedagogy (2 credits of MUSC 801)
d) Dissertation requirement (12 credits, including 6 credits of recital preparation (MUSC 891) 2 recitals (from MUSC 892, 894, 895, 896), and treatise (6 credits of MUSC 898))

28 credits
Advanced Research (MUSC 747) 2 credits
Cognate Studies (minimum of two 700-level music history courses [one MUSC 744 Topics in Music History course must be completed], at least three 700-level music theory courses, and maximum three credits of ensemble and chamber music [MUSC 734 and 735]) 18 credits

Foreign language requirement to be satisfied before the comprehensive examination can be scheduled: reading proficiency in French, German or Italian (the chosen language must differ from the one used to satisfy the foreign language requirement for the master?s degree in voice performance)